http://kuow.org en Charter School Initiative Passes, Says AP http://kuow.org/post/charter-school-initiative-passes-says-ap <p>The charter school initiative has passed by a narrow margin, according to the Associated Press.&nbsp;The vote stands at 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.&nbsp;That's a difference of about 44,000 votes.&nbsp;Statewide, 269,000 ballots remain to be counted.&nbsp;The No on 1240 campaign Facebook page says campaign managers won't consider the race over until every vote is counted.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:09:06 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 3472 at http://kuow.org Republican Recriminations Fly In 1st District Congressional Race http://kuow.org/post/republican-recriminations-fly-1st-district-congressional-race <p>The 1st District was supposed to be the Republican Party’s best chance of picking up a Congressional seat in the state this year.&nbsp;But after Democrats won the seat decisively, Republicans are pointing fingers over who is to blame.</p><p> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:09:10 +0000 Deborah Wang 3395 at http://kuow.org Republican Recriminations Fly In 1st District Congressional Race John Koster Plans To Concede 1st District Congressional Race http://kuow.org/post/john-koster-plans-concede-1st-district-congressional-race <p>The battle for Jay Inslee’s old seat in Congress now appears to be over.</p><p>Republican John Koster sent a letter to supporters Thursday night informing them that he plans to officially concede the race today.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 16:03:12 +0000 Deborah Wang 3302 at http://kuow.org John Koster Plans To Concede 1st District Congressional Race Election 2012: Where Did The Money Go? http://kuow.org/post/election-2012-where-did-money-go <p>The 2012 presidential race is in the history books as the most expensive campaign in American history. That is, at least until 2016. The Obama and Romney campaigns spent an estimated $1 billion each on the race. What did all that money accomplish? Bill Allison of the <a href="http://sunlightfoundation.com">Sunlight Foundation</a> has some insight.</p><p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3224 at http://kuow.org Election 2012: Where Did The Money Go? Washington State GOP Searching Its Soul Over Losses http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-gop-searching-its-soul-over-losses <p></p><p></p><p>As the vote count continues, Washington Republicans are preparing for possible losses in several key state races.<br><br>Democratic attorney general hopeful Bob Ferguson leads Republican Reagan Dunn. The two are vying for the seat left open by Republican Rob McKenna, who stepped down to run for governor. McKenna has held the office since 2005. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 02:45:04 +0000 Deborah Wang 3228 at http://kuow.org Washington State GOP Searching Its Soul Over Losses Young Washington Republicans Enthused, But Not Always Party Line http://kuow.org/post/young-washington-republicans-enthused-not-always-party-line <p></p><p></p><p>When you talk to Madeline Fakharzadeh, a high school senior in Kent, you wouldn’t necessarily think American politics are all that divisive right now.&nbsp; At Tuesday's Republican election night party in Bellevue, she held a campaign sign for her local congressman, Republican Dave Reichert. But she has also volunteered for Democrats and for Washington United for Marriage, the group behind Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage. And she didn’t think she was out of the ordinary in a Republican crowd on election night. “With times changing the way they are, it’s not a matter of, ‘I’m a conservative, I don’t believe in same-sex marriage.’ It’s changing,” she said.<br> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:47:28 +0000 Amy Radil 3196 at http://kuow.org Young Washington Republicans Enthused, But Not Always Party Line Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-initiative-passing-narrowly <p></p><p>The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington is narrowly passing with 51 percent&nbsp;of the vote.&nbsp;This was the fourth time the state’s voters considered charter schools.&nbsp;Supporters said charters would expand students’ educational options because charters aren’t bound by district or union rules. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:38:37 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 3137 at http://kuow.org Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly What Happens After Vote On Gay Marriage, Pot And Charter Schools? http://kuow.org/post/what-happens-after-vote-gay-marriage-pot-and-charter-schools <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage are hot-button issues on the Washington ballot. Even after the measures are decided, the debate will likely continue and changes won't happen overnight. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:12:06 +0000 Liz Jones & Ann Dornfeld 3021 at http://kuow.org What Happens After Vote On Gay Marriage, Pot And Charter Schools? Charter Schools' Fiscal Impact Unknown http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-fiscal-impact-unknown <p>If <a href="https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/press_and_research/PreviousElections/2012/General-Election/Documents/I-1240_complete_text.pdf">Initiative 1240</a> passes, public school funding would finance each charter school created under the law.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:14:05 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 2832 at http://kuow.org Grading The Charter School Claims http://kuow.org/post/grading-charter-school-claims <p>This fall, voters in Washington will decide whether to legalize charter schools in the state for the first time. Washington voters have considered charters three times before. But the details of charter school funding, oversight and independence can be confusing. So&nbsp;we took a red pen to claims by supporters and opponents of Initiative 1240, and gave each claim a grade to see who&nbsp;gets to go to the head of the class – and who needs to go back and check their work.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:20:21 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 2053 at http://kuow.org Grading The Charter School Claims Randy Dorn: Over $4 Billion Needed For State Education Funding http://kuow.org/post/randy-dorn-over-4-billion-needed-state-education-funding <p>Washington lawmakers have a mandate from the State Supreme Court to fully fund basic K-12 education.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us">State School Superintendent Randy Dorn</a> says that will cost taxpayers an additional $4.1 billion per year.</p><p>Dorn’s running unopposed for a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction.&nbsp; He joins David Hyde to talk about school funding, the debate over charter schools and other issues in education.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:41:57 +0000 David Hyde 1946 at http://kuow.org Randy Dorn: Over $4 Billion Needed For State Education Funding Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-says-no-charter-initiative <p>The Seattle School Board said a unanimous "no" to charter schools last night. The board members approved a <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/school%20board/12-13%20agendas/101712agenda/20121017_Action_Report_CharterSchoolRes.pdf">resolution against Initiative 1240</a>, which would bring up to 40 charter schools to Washington over five years.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:52:16 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 1903 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative 10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign http://kuow.org/post/10-donors-funded-91-percent-charter-schools-campaign <p>The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state has now raised more cash than any other measure on the ballot.&nbsp;Donors have contributed more than $8.9 million to the <a href="http://yeson1240.com/">Yes on 1240</a> campaign. Of that, 91 percent came from just ten people, according to the <a href="http://www.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/CommitteeData/contributions?param=WUVTIFdDIDUwNw====&amp;year=2012&amp;type=initiative">Public Disclosure Commission</a> website.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:54:55 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 1868 at http://kuow.org 10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign Debating I-1240: Should Washington State Make Room For Charter Schools? http://kuow.org/post/debating-i-1240-should-washington-state-make-room-charter-schools <p>This November, voters once again have the chance to weigh in on whether to set up charter schools in Washington state.&nbsp;Forty-one states currently allow charter schools;&nbsp;Initiative 1240 is the fourth attempt since 1996 to pass a charter school law here. Supporters of charter schools say they will allow for more diversity and flexibility in education. Opponents argue charters lack a record of success and will mean a loss of revenue for public education. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 1776 at http://kuow.org Debating I-1240: Should Washington State Make Room For Charter Schools?